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Wasp class LHD
« on: June 08, 2017, 11:19:15 PM »
From: naval-technology.com
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The Wasp (LHD 1) Class is the US Navy's large-deck multipurpose amphibious assault ship. LHDs (landing helicopter deck) embark, transport, deploy, command and fully support all elements of a marine expeditionary unit (MEU) of 2,000 Marines, inserting forces ashore via helicopters, landing craft and amphibious vehicles.

The WASP Class is the first specifically designed to employ air-cushion landing craft (LCACS), and to carry a squadron of Harrier II (AV-8B) STOVL (short take-off vertical landing) jets.

Wasp Class amphibious assault ships
Ingalls delivered USS Wasp (LHD 1), in May 1989 and the ship is operational with the US Navy Atlantic Fleet. The other ships of the class are: USS Essex (LHD 2) commissioned in October 1992; USS Kearsage (LHD 3) October 1993; USS Boxer (LHD 4) February 1995; USS Batan (LHD 5) September 1997; USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) August 1998 and USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) June 2001.

USS Makin Island (LHD-8)
In April 2002, the US Navy awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman for the construction of one additional Wasp Class, USS Makin Island (LHD-8), which will have a new gas turbine propulsion system (instead of the steam propulsion of the other vessels), comprising two GE LM2500+ turbines, rated at 35,000shp, and six diesel-electric generators with a controllable pitch propeller.

This will be the first military application for the LM2500+, which is in operation on a number of commercial vessels. Other improvements are to the weapon systems and installation of a new advanced machinery control system. The keel for Makin Island was laid in February 2004. It was launched in September 2006 and began contractor's sea trials in December 2008. The ship was delivered to the US Navy in April 2009 and commissioned in San Diego in October 2009.


The Wasp class amphibious assault ships can also function as light aircraft carriers. Photo taken from military-today.com
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Re: Wasp class LHD
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2017, 11:21:56 PM »
General Dynamics NASSCO awarded USD105 million for Makin Island maintenance | IHS Jane's 360 - 08 June 2017
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The US Navy's (USN) Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded General Dynamics NASSCO USD105 million on 6 June 2017 for the execution of Wasp-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) dry-docking phased maintenance availability.

Makin Island returned to San Diego, California in May, following a seven-month deployment to the US Seventh Fleet and Naval Forces Central Command/Fifth Fleet in the Western Pacific. The availability will include a combination of maintenance, modernisation, and repair of Makin Island , with options that, if exercised, would bring the potential total value of the contract to USD106 million. General Dynamics NASSCO's Barrio Logan-based shipyard is also currently developing the detail design for construction of 6 of 17 planned John Lewis-class (TAO-205) oilers (previously known as the TAO(X)) awarded in 30 June 2016.

The eighth and final USN Wasp-class amphibious assault ship heads to dry-docking phased maintenance availability in San Diego, California, after deployment in the Western Pacific. Source: US Navy

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Re: Wasp class LHD
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2017, 05:13:14 PM »
USS Wasp to Become First Ship to Deploy with an Embarked F-35B Squadron | Navy Recognition - 05 September 2017
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While USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) wished fair winds and following… tailwinds to the last AV-8B Harrier from the “Tomcats” of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311, as VMA-311 concluded their last tour with the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHR ESG) and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Strike Group as the ESG transitions to F-35B.

And earlier this week USS Wasp (LHD 1) departed Naval Station Norfolk for Sasebo, Japan, where it will assume the duties of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and become the forward-deployed flagship of U.S. 7th Fleets amphibious force. Wasp will later become the first ship to do a regular deployment with an embarked F-35B squadron.


Pacific Ocean (Aug. 19, 2017) An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to the "Avengers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 awaits take off aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is underway conducting sea trials and flight deck certifications off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Irwin Sampaga/Released)

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Re: Wasp class LHD
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2018, 12:50:55 AM »
USS Wasp & US Marines Conduct DATF Drill in South China Sea | Navy Recognition - 08 October 2018
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DATF scenarios focus Navy and Marine Corps forces on defending ARG shipping and the drills allowed the ARG-MEU team to improve their proficiency when integrating fires.

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The DATF drill included firing crew-served weapons attached to Wasp, such as .25 caliber and .50 caliber mounted machine guns. Marines assigned to Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines (2/5) expended rounds using Light Armored Vehicles’ M242 Bushmaster 25 mm chain guns and .50 caliber mounted machine guns on Humvees. The drill also allowed Marine snipers to fire M107 semi-automatic sniper rifles, and machine gunners to employ lethal fires with M-240B medium machine guns.

Sailors and Marines fired on an inflatable gunnery target commonly called a “killer tomato” while maneuvering in open seas.

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In addition to deck–based live fire, SH60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 practiced their air defense capabilities, fully integrating air superiority capability with shipboard-fired weapons. The helicopters operated within safe distance of the ship while also observing the firing range from the air to ensure safe operations during the drill.


 Marines fire 25mm guns from a Light Armored Vehicle atop the flight deck of USS Wasp (LHD 1), Sept. 27. (U.S. Marine Corps/Gunnery Sgt. E. V. Hagewood)
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USS Wasp (LHD 1) maneuvers in the South China Sea as embarked Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit fire weapons from Light Armored Vehicles and a Humvee on the ship's flight deck. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Daniel Barker)